Mumbai: Delhi southpaw Shikhar Dhawan was hit twice on his left thumb by a bouncer delivered by New Zealand’s Trent Boult in the third over of India’s second innings on Sunday.
On entering the dressing room, he was advised for a checkup by the team doctor, so the aggravation of pain can be avoided.
He was soon taken to a city hospital for x-ray, the reports are awaited. “Shikhar was taken for a scan. We are just assessing,” said India’s media manager.
He opened his account after 14 balls and got out for 17 adjudged lbw to Boult at 34/3 in the 11th over.
“He was at the hospital for five minutes roughly. The x-ray report is yet to come. There is some doubt whether he will be able to take the field,” a source close to the development said.
Another Boult delivery hurt Dhawan’s shoulder as well. An adverse effect could result in Dhawan being out of action for three weeks.
This season, the visiting and the home team witnessed a cocktail of injuries from their strengths like- Mike Craig, Jimmy Neesham, De Villiers and Ishant Sharma.
The injuries may have marred the preparations of the teams.
India at the end of this match stood at a mighty 227/8 in the second innings, taking an overall lead of 339 runs.
Leading 1-0 in the three match series, the home team eyes for a series-sealing victory in the Kolkata Test. That will put India on the pedestal in Test rankings, replacing its estranged neighbour Pakistan.